At Care Indeed, our Menlo Park home care experts know the importance of providing safe living spaces for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s. The top priority is to remove potential risks or dangers, as those who have dementia or similar conditions often do not realize what is safe or unsafe.
As a family member or caregiver, it’s important to assess your loved one’s home or apartment for safety, and to prevent access to appliances, equipment, or anything that could prove to be harmful to the patient’s well-being. In your assessment, pay particular attention to:
- Appliances in the bathroom or kitchen
- Tool sheds, basements, and garages
- Any areas within the home that could be hazardous
When there are areas containing electrical equipment, tools, or other potential hazards, lock the doors to those areas.
Unfortunately, it is often necessary to place keys in a protected location, or even to keep them with you to prevent a loved one with Alzheimer’s from starting the car, or attempting to use a riding lawn mower or other dangerous equipment.
In the kitchen, place potentially hazardous items such as blenders or sharp implements such as knives in an area that is safe and secure, or not within easy access. Blow dryers, toasters, and other electrical appliances or equipment can be an electrical shock hazard for those with dementia, who often are not cognitive of the function of these items, or the associated dangers. Removing the knobs from cooking appliances such as microwaves and stoves, and going as far as to install gas valves or circuit breakers that are hidden from view are also good ideas.
Medications often alter a patient’s sense of smell and taste, so check the refrigerator for any food that may have spoiled on a regular basis.
Loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s should be checked on frequently; in fact, it’s a good idea to have a family member stay with the loved one when possible. If there is no one available who can act as a caregiver, or the primary caregiver needs a break to rest and tend to his/her own life for a while, consider a professional home caregiver with Care Indeed. We provide qualified, compassionate care to make the lives of those suffering from dementia safer, and more comfortable.